55th Venice Biennale
The Gujral Foundation supported the only Indian artist – Prabhavathi Meppayil’s works titled Senza titolo – CU3, 2011 for the main exhibition at the 55th Venice Biennale. Prabhavathi Meppayil, born in 1965 in Bangalore, hails from a family of goldsmiths. ‘Process’ for her, is the mystical memory of hands. Employing traditional goldsmith techniques, her compositions incorporate delicate metallic strands that are embedded into lime gesso. Meditation and precision form the crux of her work. A meditative silence as if seems to evoke through surface and object even as images emerge and fade away alternately. Politicization seeps into her artworks from the very choice of method and material; the craft and its tool are central to her visual expression.